Getting to us

It has to be said we are a little off the beaten track, but then you wouldn’t get the fabulous views, and the wonderful landscape surrounding you! We are located in the picturesque village of Golant which overlooks the estuary about two miles upstream from the town of Fowey.

Arriving by Car

If you’re arriving by car, bike or on foot, a steep concrete lane leads to the property. You can drive right up to the building to drop luggage but then we ask you to use the parking area 50 metres or so down the hill. There is enough parking for one car per room; any other cars are requested to drive to the village car park, about 5 mins walk away. At the moment, we have no lockable bike storage, but we hope that will change, and will do our best to make sure your bike is stored securely.

Arriving by Public Transport

For those arriving by public transport our nearest railway station is Par on the main West Coast Line which is just a 2 mile short taxi ride, cycle or walk away.

The No 24/25 bus from St Austell station stops at the top of the hill at Golant (called Tywardreath Turn or Castledore, Golant Turn – it seems to vary!) They leave St Austell at 21 mins past the hour, and Tywardreath Turn at 52mins past the hour. They take about 40 mins and cost £2-£3. For the most up to date info, please check Please note, not all buses take change now, so you may need a debit card….. or maybe we’re behind the times!

Local Taxi Services

There are also a number of local taxi services:

Coastal Cars of Fowey – tel: +44 (0) 1726 832372

Yeo’s Taxis – tel: +44 (0) 1726 814095

White River Cars – tel: +44 (0) 810980/07968259466

South Coast Private Hire tel: +44 (0) 1726 814892

Taking the A30

If you are arriving by car from the A30, take the Lostwithiel exit at Bodmin and follow signs to Lostwithiel. You will join the A390 to St Austell, and then take the sign to Fowey – B3269. After about 4 miles you will see a crossroads, and Golant is the left turn.

From the A38 Liskeard direction, follow the A390 to St Austell. You will go through Lostwithiel, and up a steep hill. Take the Fowey turning on the left – B3269. After about 4 miles you will come to a crossroads, and Golant is the left turn.

Coming from St Austell

From the St Austell side of A390, follow signs to Liskeard/Bodmin, until you see the turning to Fowey at a mini roundabout, also signposted Par market. Follow this to Fowey. At the top of the hill at the petrol station turn left, marked Bodmin. After several miles you will see a crossroads and Golant is the right turn.

We will send more detailed directions at the time of your booking.



We are located in the picturesque village of Golant which overlooks the estuary about two miles upstream from the town of Fowey.

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What our guests say:

I am just back after spending the weekend at the Sanctuary. I can honestly say I didn’t want to leave! A group of us renting the whole place out, and used the Barn Owl room as a place to relax and socialise. It was absolutely perfect! Everything we needed was provided, including cake 🙂 also with a big underlying message of sustainability, which sounds silly but I hadn’t considered before. Everything about the Sanctuary has been done with love and thought in mind. The rugs are all made from plastic recycled bottles, the toiletries are bars with no plastic waste, as much of the food as possible is locally sourced. Karen was so helpful, and so knowledgeable, and nothing was too much trouble, local taxi numbers, maps of the walks and of course getting me in touch with David to organise the kayaking. Even the rain didn’t dampen our spirits, and allowed for a picture of a beautiful rainbow over the estuary! I am already looking forward to my next trip! I am just wondering which lucky friend I will take along 🙂

Su C, Surrey

Such an inspiring place, you really couldn’t ask for a more beautiful setting. The owners are so passionate and knowledgeable about nature, and so committed to environmental sustainability.


The Sanctuary is the perfect name for the beautiful building and setting, which has amazing views over the River Fowey. Much care and consideration has gone into the guest experience, with stylish and comfortable beds and linen through to mini soaps, hair bars and paw balm for visiting dogs – all eco friendly. Delicious breakfasts include cold meats and cheeses, artisan bread and fresh fruit, many of which are sourced locally…..we particularly liked the Olfactory coffee.


What a pleasant surprise when we arrived at this beautiful place. The perfect place for total relaxation and the views are amazing over the river Fowey. Karen is such a lovely host and always there to give advice at breakfast time. The ambience of this eco building is well thought out and planned to perfection. Breakfast consists of locally produced products – local Cornish butter and the most wonderful local muesli that I have had to source as it was really nice, the delicious local cheese and cold meats selection and fresh bread daily was a treat to waken to every day. The walk up the hill is not for the faint hearted but it’s all part of the location and being offgrid is really nice. Plenty of lovely walks right on your doorstep and plenty of lovely village within a few miles of the property. Charlestown being one of them and Fowey with its quaint little shops. We will definitely be coming back and we were made welcome bringing our pet dog with us.


The Sanctuary only opened a couple of months ago (July 2019), what a find. Stayed away here for 3 nights with a friend who now lives abroad for a chilled out catch-up in Cornwall. Beautiful rooms, host has her art and other people’s throughout. A green eco-haven with every thought gone into sustainable design and furnishing. Views from the room are stunning: we went up the river on kayaks which felt like a mini wilderness and a beautiful village tucked at the end. Enjoyed visiting the town of Fowey and Lost Gardens of Heligan; you are very near the Eden project. Lovely locals at the village pub and generous, tasty meals. Breakfast at the Sanctuary is relaxed and sociable with heaps of locally sourced food. Just a lovely vibe and make sure you explore the surrounding land and woods too. Finally, two fab border collies and dog friendly accomodation makes this a place I would love to come back to. I wish Karen & David all the best and thanks for a magical, perfect stay.

Mandy J, Hampshire

Karen was a lovely host who wants her guests to have fun, be able to relax and enjoy themselves in ‘non compromised’ comfort, all the while keeping it ecologically friendly and sustainable. She succeeds on every level.

Robin A, UK

I just wanted to tell you how very extraordinarily superb our experience at your Sanctuary was! Your place, the view, the rooms and above all your philosophy, hospitality and friendliness were outstanding. I could not say one thing you could improve and it was such a change over the impressions we’ve got prior to meeting you and staying at the Sanctuary. All the best and good luck with your projects!

Martin Z, Switzerland

Fantastic hostess, within an amazing new eco build. It’s up a very steep hill but you get used to it after the first time, you need to, to enjoy such fantastic views. If you visit the owners woodland there are some quirky areas and a pond which I didn’t realise until the last day. We took our two boys 14 & 10 and seeing no WiFi they coped well – we wanted to give them the experience of what life can be without electronics. Boys say BIG THANK YOU for the homemade cake, I didn’t get a look in.

Donna F, UK

It was a wonderful experience and we will back in future. Bed was fantastically comfortable, the whole mood of the place was just what we needed and host was absolutely superb.

Lee & Wendy, UK

Lovely location with great views of the river. beds comfortable and room clean. Karen very accommodating and helpful with nothing too much trouble. Truly dog friendly.

Sandra, UK

Proving offgrid living can be done beautifully without sacrifice! Bed was extra comfy, views (especially the sun rising over the estuary) were out of this world.

Charlotte, UK

Karen & David couldn’t be better hosts – catering for my dietary needs and even picking me up from the station. The Sanctuary is beautifully situated with wonderful views over the estuary. There is lots of lovely attention to detail. It has made me even more mindful of water and power usage than I already was. Karen & David are the loveliest hosts and their dogs are adorable! I will definitely be returning.

Emma C, Devon

Great weekend break at the Sanctuary, stayed in the Barn Owl Suite which is very comfortable and clean! Thoughtful host who left goodies for my dog and a jug of milk in the fridge. Amazing views over the river

Amy, UK

Very peaceful, quite with amazing views and even nicer host. Will definitely stay there again.

Osama, NZ

The location is idyllic. The steep hill climb to get to the Sanctuary is worth every step! The views across the Fowey estuary are breathtaking and the peace and serenity unrivalled. A real piece of heaven! As an eco designed place for guests, which is completely offgrid, the Sanctuary provides luxurious accommodation and facilities, Delicious breakfasts with locally sourced ingredients included the best muesli we had ever tasted, jams and marmalades that had us searching around local shops so we could take some home with us, gorgeous breads, meats, fruits and cheeses. Karen & David were also warm and welcoming hosts, passionate and enthusiastic about their fabulous B&B. We’re already planning for when we might be able to come and stay again.

Libby, UK

From the moment we got out of the car we relaxed, how can you fail to, in such incredible surroundings! Every need is catered for with such attention to detail and great thought for the environment. The views and ambience of the building and surroundings are just amazing. We certainly got what we were looking for and more. We disconnected from the hustle and bustle of our busy daily routines and left feeling energised and content. We are already planning a return visit with our four legged friends and maybe some of our two legged friends too……if we can bring ourselves to share this hidden gem with them!

Luke T, UK

This is a beautiful place to stay in Cornwall! The Sanctuary is beautiful. The owners could not be more helpful and made it an excellent holiday. 10/10 in every way.

Alex C, UK

This hotel was fantastic. Clean, modern rooms with a beautiful view and perfect hosts as well. Would highly recommend.